Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This One's For You, P.T.

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Turns out presidential election results are, for millions, fatal.
Gilligan found that, over the 108 years covered by his analysis (1900-2007), the age-adjusted suicide rate increased by an average of 9.7 per million over each Republican four-year term but decreased by an average of 11.1 per million over each Democratic term. The age-adjusted homicide rate increased by an average of 3.6 per million over each Republican term but decreased by an average of 4.2 per million over each Democratic term.
Resurgent commenter P.T. has pointed out that sociological studies are comparatively hazy (although this one is just numbers), and that correlation doesn't always imply causation. I agree; I've un-proptered a few post-hocs here myself. Still, given differing proclivities of the two parties, one could spin out some correlative explanations, if one were so inclined...


  1. You don't say whether it's presidential or congressional terms.

  2. Well, that's why I provide links: it's clear there. Also, since it refers to four year cycles, and since the only federal job that's a four year term is president, I figured it would be clear even without clicking the link.

    But, okay. President. It refers to President.

  3. Is this your cryptic way of telling us that youre gonna go all harakiri/seppuku on us if BHO loses? I'm callin your bluff.

    Geez, when the Republicans lose they just cut back on investing in business/creating jobs so they can make their yacht payment. The Dems lose and they go kill people?

    Vote Obama 2012.....or a Democrat might kill you!


    P.s. I'll be back with a more insightful, but less tongue in cheek, response another evening soon.

  4. Oo Course violent crime rates have gone down since 1973, thats what happens when some 50,000,000 of that group that commits violent crime more than any other group are terminated in Utero...
    I think George Carlin said that.



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